Beaulieu Vineyards

Owner(s) Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines
Web site www.bvwines.com
 
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Beaulieu Vineyard has over 100 years of tradition in winemaking in the Napa Valley. Beaulieu farms over 1,100 acres. The winemaker is Joel Aiken. Beaulieu is best known for Cabernet, but the winery has a long tradition with Pinot Noir beginning with Andre Tchelistcheff in the 1940s. The Pinot Noirs are produced from their Carneros vineyards.

Reviewed Wines

2006 Beaulieu Vineyard Napa Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., $18. Not a name that comes to mind when you think of Pinot Noir, but the last two vintages have been quite good and this is a label to seek out. The Reserve in 2005 was particularly memorable. I received no specific winemaking information, but from the website it would appear several days of cold soak is followed by fermentation in 18-ton stainless steel fermenters with pneumatic punch downs. Some 25% whole cluster is used. · Deep, dark ruby color. Brims with lovely aromas of sweet crushed berries, black cherries, and dried roses. Dark red and black fruits cascade nicely through the palate with complimentary flavors of mocha and oak. Nicely balanced and offering an appealing fuzzy texture. Impressive wine for the money and the best for drinking now in the Diageo lineup. Reviewed August 4, 2008 ARTICLE »

2005 Beaulieu Vineyard Reserve Carneros Pinot Noir

$35. Beaulieu Vineyard has over 100 years of tradition in winemaking in the Napa Valley. Beaulieu farms over 1,100 acres. The winemaker is Joel Aiken. Beaulieu is best known for Cabernet, but this Pinot Noir delivers. · Fermentation is carried out in 18-ton open-top fermentors. A flamboyant California styled Pinot Noir with heady aromatics, thick fruit and oak flavors, and great rigor. Pretty good value also. Reviewed August 6, 2007 ARTICLE »